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TAG: business

In-season data collection

December 9, 2014By

During a winter event, a typical approach is “all hands on deck.” In the midst of all this activity, little if any effort is put toward data collection. It’s clearly a secondary priority (after taking care of the customer). Still, snow professionals with reliable information at their disposal are better equipped to assess the profitability of their operations. They’re also... read more

Costs report: Not too bad

December 9, 2014By

Operating costs inch up, but landscape professionals don’t have much to complain about. Despite the LM Industry Pulse revealing an 11 percent increase in overall operating costs over last year, contractors interviewed for the report didn’t report many outrageous increases. For Chris Solimini, the most difficult cost to contend with is taxes. “You’re trying to have a legitimate business and... read more

What your client really needs and wants

March 18, 2013By

By Chris Weigl One of the best ways to keep your customers happy, as well as gain their repeat business, is to make sure you understand what they really want when they ask for your help with their landscaping.For example, if you ask what kind of landscaping they need, almost everyone will say they want a low maintenance landscape. Then... read more

Neave Group celebrates 40 years

February 27, 2013By

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y.—For Neave Group Outdoor Solutions, the only thing more remarkable than all that’s changed in the past 40 years is how much has stayed exactly the same. Neave Landscaping was founded on March 1, 1973, by Bill Neave. His philosophy of hard work, attention to detail and customer service allowed him to build one of the most successful... read more

My Biggest Mistake: Franz Witte

July 8, 2012By

A landscape business owner says he should have embraced taking risks. Risk taking often is a necessity when business owners want to get ahead. But for Franz Witte, owner of Franz Witte Landscape Contracting Inc., a rocky market in 1980 and 1981 paralyzed his business. He was afraid to take a risk, and that cost him. “I was struggling to... read more

All Pro Golfscapes & Lawns

March 1, 2010By

The new All Pro Online Community was created to assist landscape contractors who seek help in regard to marketing, selling and installing All Pro’s synthetic turf products. In meeting this goal, All Pro has introduced the first-of-its-kind Contractor Forums, with the aim of facilitating free exchange of information and knowledge. These forums give Green Industry professionals the ability to chat... read more